CIVIL RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE SHOULD BE ‘A’ PRIORITY BUT NOT ‘THE’ PRIORITY OF THE CHURCH…

I’m a Black man and ordained minister living in the United States of America, or an African American if you prefer. I have extreme gratitude for the freedoms I enjoy due to the sacrifice of men and women who gave up their lives and comfort fighting for civil rights and social justice. Many of them are more brave than I am.

Much of this progress came through the church, the Body of Christ. Throughout the Civil Rights Movement and beyond, the church has provided a ‘headquarters’, a venue, and personnel for the fight. Even today, many activists’ names are preceded by the title REVEREND.


But, let those of us in the Body of Christ remember that civil rights should be ‘A’ PRIORITY for the church, but it should not be ‘THE’ PRIORITY of the church.


We can never let any important cause totally distract us from:

Making Disciples…

Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward [a]us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.


Ministering to those in need through provision…

Acts 6:1-5 (NKJV)

6 Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists,[a] because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”

And the saying pleased the whole multitude. And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch,

Matthew 25:44-46 (NKJV)

44 “Then they also will answer [a]Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

1 John 3:17 (NKJV)

17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?


Building strong marriages and families…

Acts 16:31-34 (NKJV)

31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34 Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.

Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of [a]the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”


Strengthening the members of the church for good works…

Ephesians 4:11-12 (NKJV)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [a]edifying of the body of Christ,

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.


Making sure the church maintains an eternal perspective.

Colossians 3:2 (NKJV)

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

19 Go [a]therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Joshua 24:15 (NKJV)

15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of [a]the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”


The enemy has so many methods at keeping the church (us, not the building) distracted from it’s core mission.

Fighting for our:

Families…

Marriages…

Children…

Rights…

Equality…

Equity…

It is impossible to be focused on Kingdom building when we are fighting for what the love of God inside us should ensure.

Just as it’s wrong for a Pastor to IGNORE civil rights and social justice, it’s also wrong for a Pastor to ONLY dwell on those topics.

Even with my blog, with everything going on in the world right now, I found myself to be distracted. I had to refocus on the Gospel and edification.

Body of Christ! Keep up the good fight for what’s right, but don’t ignore or neglect the fight for the Gospel.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

SEVEN (7) REASONS GOD HATES COMPLAINING…

REMEMBER…COMPLAINING IS THE OPPOSITE OF THANKSGIVING!

BE BLESSTIFIED!

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The rich young ruler in the books of Matthew 19 and Mark 10 told Jesus that he kept all of the commandments from his youth up, but the Lord quickly reminded him that he was lacking something.

That’s true for all of us. No matter how much we may try to live upright, we will always remain lacking in some area.

You may not be a fornicator, an adulterer, a drunk, a murderer…you may go to church every time the doors open. You may be very generous in your giving …


BUT DO YOU COMPLAIN?


God HATES complaining. He doesn’t hate complainers, but He does hate it when we complain. One of Israel’s greatest, most consistent sins while in the wilderness was that of complaining and murmuring. In fact, it was their complaining that made an 11-day trip last 40 years.

God hates complaining so much he allowed His own children…

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